Thomas Mikeal Graves, 79, Gas City, passed away at 9:53 a.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Marion General Hospital. He was born in Gas City, Indiana, on Thursday, February 8, 1940, to Clarence Graves and Elva Craig. On November 10, 1962, he married Rebecca S. Atkinson, who survives.
Thomas graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1957. After high school, he served in the United States Navy. Following his military service, Thomas worked as an electrician for years with IBEW Local 873-Kokomo, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Gas City Moose Lodge, Jonesboro American Legion, VFW-Gas City, Marion AMVETS, Jonesboro Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, a Shriner, and was presented the Kentucky Colonel Award. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, cooking for family gatherings, the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers.
Survivors include his two sons, Thomas M. (Tammy) Graves, II of Marion, Todd A. (Lori) Graves of Marion; six grandsons, Thomas M. (Jessica) Graves, III of Marion, Tyler (Jackie) Graves of Marion, Kyle (Serena) Graves of Valparaiso, Kody (Courtney Haynes) Graves of South Bend, Dean (Patti) Losure of Marion, Harley Losure of Marion; two granddaughters, Aron (Scott) Davis of GA, and Tiffany Potter of Marion; great-granddaughters, Gracie Jo Graves, McKenzie Hall, Kady Graves, Nova Graves, Jalynn Graves, Harmani Graves, Alyssa Losure, Alexis Hamilton, Kendra Hamilton; great-grandsons, Kruz Graves, Karter Graves, Jayden Hamilton, Alex Losure; many nieces and nephews, and lifetime friend, Skip Roby of Gas City.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence M. Graves; mother, Elva Craig; son, Tony Davis; brothers, Jerry Graves, Ted Graves; sister, Betty Dilley; and brother-in-law, Bob Dilley.
The family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 East Main Street, Gas City, IN.
Immediately following the time of visitation, a funeral service to celebrate Thomas’ life will begin at 4 p.m. with Pastor Mick Simpkins officiating. Following the funeral services there will be a Masonic service and military rites. Burial will take place at Grant Memorial Park at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association 115 W. Washington St., Ste. 1180-S, Indianapolis, IN, 46204 or the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL, 60674.
Memories may be shared online at www.nswcares.com.